The finished product doesn’t seem all that complicated now, though it required cooperation from just about everyone.

“Everybody, including us, had to give along the way,” Monahan said. “You do that if you think the end result is worthwhile. We never wavered on that front.”

Still to be determined is how this works out.

For next season, 46 tournaments will be crammed into 41 weeks. There will be even more golf in the 2019-20 season when Houston and Greenbrier are in the fall, with plans for an official event in Japan, and perhaps one other domestic event.

That’s also an Olympic year, and the tour is considering an off week during the men’s competition.

The strongest competition might be found outside the ropes as tournaments try to persuade the most appealing players not to take time off during their events.

Tournament officials at the Honda Classic and Valspar Championship already are nervous about whether Tiger Woods will return, mainly because those two tournaments fall into a seven-week stretch that includes the Genesis Open at Riviera (run by the Tiger Woods Foundation), Bay Hill (where he has won eight times), The Players Championship and two World Golf Championships, assuming Woods is eligible.

Fast forward to the end of the season. While the top 125 players still qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs, one fewer playoff event means only the top 70 — instead of the top 100 — advance to the second round before the top 30 make it to the Tour Championship.

“We have a stronger conclusion to our season. By having a stronger conclusion, it’s making every event that much more important,” Monahan said. “Depending on where you are, a lot less people will be comfortable with their position because they have one fewer at-bat.”

Monahan is banking on players competing more, keeping the PGA Tour relevant right up until the end.

Right before kickoff.